SARAWAK TARGETS 30 PER CENT WOMEN PARTICIPATION IN CORPORATE SECTOR BY 2016

12 Jul 2013 11:19

KUCHING, July 11 (Bernama) -- Sarawak hopes to achieve the national target of 30 per cent involving women participation in the coporate sector by 2016, said state welfare, women and family development minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah.

She said Sarawak was developing similar programmes as efforts are underway by the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Institute for the Empowerment of Women (NIEW) to increase the number of women at board level by 30 per cent.

"To date, our national figure stands at 8.4 per cent and since the figure for the state is not available, I would safely assume that based on achievement in the public sector, our achievement in the corporate sector would still be much lower.

It clearly indicates women in Sarawak have a lot of catching up to do and this is where this programme comes in handy," she said when officiating at the closing ceremony and certificate presentation of the Women Directors' Training programme here today.

According to statistics, noted Fatimah, the participation of women in the public sector at national-level stood at 32 per cent, as compared to only 12.3 per cent in Sarawak.

She was confident that the 49 participants would use the programme as a stepping stone to step on board listed companies or government-linked companies.

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